Senator Kashim Shettima, the former governor of Borno State, claims that some “Judas Iscariots” in the southern portion of Nigeria are working against the power shift to the area before to the 2023 presidential election.
In 2023, when President Muhammadu Buhari completes his second and final term in power, there have been calls to zone the presidency to the South.
Some northern leaders and serving governors, such as Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna and Babagana Zulum of Borno State, have publicly backed the call for a power transition.
Shettima, one of the sponsors of former Lagos Governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s presidential ambition, voiced fear that some “Judas Iscariots” from the South were “hell-bent on becoming spoilers” and planned to thwart the region’s chances of producing the next president.
He introduced Tinubu to the All Progressives Congress (APC) delegates in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
According to him, the enemy of Southern Nigeria is typically not Northern Nigeria, but rather those from the South who are always willing to play second fiddle.
The senator also made disparaging remarks about several presidential candidates from Ogun State, claiming that they could not gather more than ten votes and would end up becoming spoilers.
The four APC presidential candidates from the state are Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, former Governor Ibikunle Amosun, former House of Representatives Speaker Dimeji Bankole, and Pastor Tunde Bakare.
In his speech, Shettima asked the South West to support Tinubu for the governing party’s presidential nomination, stating that he is the only candidate capable of challenging the PDP’s presidential nominee, Atiku Abubakar.
The former governor of Borno State also discussed Tinubu’s role in President Muhammadu Buhari’s rise to power, stating that without him, Buhari would not have won the 2015 party nomination.
He stated, “The enemy of Southern Nigeria is frequently not Northern Nigeria, but the Judas Iscariots of the Southern race, who are always willing to play second fiddle.
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